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September 9, 2004

Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee Announces Nominations for Chicago Equity Theatre Productions To Be Recognized At 36th Annual Joseph Jefferson Awards

CHICAGO, September 9, 2004 - The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee has announced a total of 131 nominations in 26 categories for the 36th Annual Joseph Jefferson Awards. The gala awards presentation will be held on Monday, November 1 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, and is open to the public and industry.

The nominations for outstanding production of a play include two Writers' Theatre productions, The Doctor's Dilemma, and Our Town; two Victory Gardens Theater productions, Trying, and The Romance of Magno Rubio; and from Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Rose Rage. Musical productions nominated include Annie Get Your Gun at Marriott Theatre, Fiddler on the Roof at Drury

Lane Oakbrook, The Light in the Piazza at The Goodman Theatre, The Sound of a Voice at Court Theatre, and two musicals at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, A Little Night Music, and Romeo and Juliet Musical: The People vs. Friar Laurence, The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater leads this year's roster of nominee Equity theatres with a total of twenty-five Jeff nominations for its 2003-2004 season productions. Marriott Theatre follows with fourteen, The Goodman Theatre with twelve, Victory Gardens Theater with eleven and About Face Theatre with ten nominations each.

The awards presentation will be held on Monday, November 1 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie at 9501 Skokie Boulevard. Marc Robin, veteran Chicago director and choreographer, will direct this year's ceremony. Light supper with a cash bar will begin at 6:00 PM, and the awards ceremony will begin at 7:30 PM. Celebrants will be invited to enjoy a dessert buffet after the awards. The evening is black tie optional, and the public is invited to attend.

Advance purchase ticket prices for the awards ceremony are $55 for general admission and $40 for members of Actors' Equity Association, United Scenic Artists and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. If purchased at the door, tickets are $65 and $50, respectively. Ticket orders may be mailed to Richard Hesler, 3035 Farner Court, Riverwoods, IL 60015. For further information call 847.945.4733 or visit the Jeff website: www.jeffawards.org.

During the 2003-2004 season (August 1, 2003 - July 31, 2004), the 45-member Jeff Committee judged a total of 133 Equity productions offered by 55 local producing organizations. The committee recommended a total of 88 productions presented by 47 of those producing organizations. The final roster of 131 Jeff nominations in 26 categories represents 58 productions from 25 producing organizations.

Founded in 1968, the mission of the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee is to honor excellence in theatrical productions in the Chicago theatre community.

Originally chartered to recognize only Equity productions, the Citations non-Equity wing was founded by the Jeff Committee in 1973 to celebrate outstanding achievement in non-union Chicago theatre. The committee, composed of theatre professionals and enthusiasts, evaluates approximately 250 theatrical productions and holds two awards ceremonies each year. The Citations Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in non-union productions, are presented in early June. The Jeff Awards for excellence in Equity theatre are celebrated in late October or early November.

The 2003-2004 Joseph Jefferson Award Equity nominations go to:

NEW WORK
Margaret Lewis, Burying the Bones, Stage Left Theatre
Charles Smith, Free Man of Color, Victory Gardens Theater
Marsha Estell, Heat, Chicago Dramatists
Ron Hutchinson, Moonlight and Magnolias, The Goodman Theatre
Patricia Kane, Pulp, About Face Theatre
Joanna McClelland Glass, Trying, Victory Gardens Theater

NEW ADAPTATION
Dermot Bolger, A Dublin Bloom, Irish Repertory of Chicago
Jim Lasko and Charles Newell, Cyrano, Court Theatre and Redmoon Theater
Eric Rosen, André Pluess and Ben Sussman, Winesburg, Ohio, About Face Theatre

PRODUCTION - PLAY
The Doctor's Dilemmam, Writers' Theatre
Our Town, Writers' Theatre
The Romance of Magno Rubio, Victory Gardens Theater
Rose Rage, Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Trying, Victory Gardens Theater

PRODUCTION - MUSICAL
Annie Get Your Gun, Marriott Theatre
Fiddler on the Roof, Drury Lane Oakbrook
The Light in the Piazza, The Goodman Theatre and The Intiman

Theatre
A Little Night Music, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
The Sound of a Voice, Court Theatre
Romeo and Juliet Musical: The People vs. Friar Laurence,The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Second City Theatricals
Winesburg, Ohio, About Face Theatre

DIRECTOR - PLAY
William Brown, Our Town, Writers' Theatre
Edward Hall, Rose Rage, Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Sandy Shinner, Trying, Victory Gardens Theater
Chuck Smith, Yellowman, Next Theatre Company
Jessica Thebus, Pulp, About Face Theatre

DIRECTOR - MUSICAL
Gary Griffin, A Little Night Music, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Marc Robin, Annie Get Your Gun, Marriott Theatre
Bartlett Sher, The Light in the Piazza, The Goodman Theatre and The Intiman Theatre
Jessica Thebus, Winesburg, Ohio, About Face Theatre
Ron West, Romeo and Juliet Musical: The People vs. Friar Laurence, The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Second City Theatricals

ENSEMBLE A Chorus Line, Theatre at the Center
Pulp, About Face Theatre
The Romance of Magno Rubio, Victory Gardens Theater
Rose Rage, Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Winesburg, Ohio, About Face Theatre

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE - PLAY
Tracy Michelle Arnold, Lady Windermere's Fan, Northlight Theatre
Kati Brazda, Trying, Victory Gardens Theater
Rondi Reed, The Fall to Earth, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Barbara Robertson, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, The Goodman Theatre
Jacqueline Williams, Yellowman, Next Theatre Company

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE - PLAY
Brian Bedford, The Molière Comedies, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Matt DeCaro, The Play About the Baby, The Goodman Theatre
John Mahoney, I Never Sang For My Father, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Mike Nussbaum, Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie, Northlight Theatre
David Rainey, Topdog/Underdog, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Alley Theatre
Nick Sandys, The Misanthrope, Next Theatre Company
Fritz Weaver, Trying, Victory Gardens Theater
E. Milton Wheeler, Our Lady of 121st Street, Steppenwolf Theatre Company

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - PLAY
Ivonne Coll, Electricidad, The Goodman Theatre
Shelley Delaney, Free Man of Color, Victory Gardens Theater
Lisa Dodson, King John, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Deanna Dunagan, I Never Sang For My Father, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Paula Scrofano, Necessary Targets, Apple Tree Theatre
Demetria Thomas, Burying the Bones, Stage Left Theatre

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - PLAY
Shawn Douglass, Major Barbara, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company
Tarell Alvin McCraney, Blue/Orange, Northlight Theatre
Kevin McKillip, A Midsummer Night's Dream, First Folio Shakespeare Festival
Scott Parkinson, Rose Rage, Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
John Sanders, Burying the Bones, Stage Left Theatre

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE - MUSICAL
Victoria Clark, The Light in the Piazza, The Goodman Theatre and The Intiman Theatre
Deborah Lew, West Side Story, Marriott Theatre
Susie McMonagle, Annie Get Your Gun, Marriott Theatre
Nicole Parker, Romeo and Juliet Musical: The People vs. Friar Laurence, The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Second City Theatricals
Barbara Robertson, A Little Night Music, Chicago Shakespeare Theater

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE - MUSICAL
Tony Duwon, The House That Rocked, Black Ensemble Theater
Timothy Gregory, Cotton Patch Gospel, Provision Theater Company
Scott Alan Jones, The Rocky Horror Show, Anthony J. Tomaska and Joseph J. Tomaska and Chicago Center for the Performing Arts
Keegan-Michael Key, Romeo and Juliet Musical: The People vs. Friar Laurence, The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Second City Theatricals
Ross Lehman, A Man of No Importance, Apple Tree Theatre

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - MUSICAL
Mary Ernster, A Man of No Importance, Apple Tree Theatre
Janice Lorraine, Cookin' at The Cookery, Northlight Theatre
Rachel Rockwell, The Pajama Game, Marriott Theatre
Alene Robertson, The Pajama Game, Marriott Theatre
Samantha Spiro, A Little Night Music, Chicago Shakespeare Theater

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - MUSICAL
Michael Cerveris, A Little Night Music, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Jeff Dumas, Winesburg, Ohio, About Face Theatre
Mark Harelik, The Light in the Piazza, The Goodman Theatre and The Intiman Theatre
Rob Moore, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, Lookingglass Theatre Company
Roger Mueller, Annie Get Your Gun, Marriott Theatre
Evan Pappas, The Pajama Game, Marriott Theatre

ACTOR IN A REVUE
Eugene Fleming, Ain't Misbehavin', Marriott Theatre
Joseph Plummer, Jammin' with Pops, Apple Tree Theatre

SCENIC DESIGN
James Leonard Joy, The Taming of the Shrew, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Robert C. Martin, Lend Me A Tenor, Theatre at the Center
Matthew J. York, The Misanthrope, Next Theatre Company
Jacqueline and Richard Penrod, My Old Lady, Apple Tree Theatre
John Musial, Great Men of Science, Nos. 21 & 22, Lookingglass Theatre Company

COSTUME DESIGN
Mara Blumenfeld, A Little Night Music, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Rachel Anne Healy, Lady Windermere's Fan, Northlight Theatre
Jane Greenwood, The Molière Comedies, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Michael Pavelka, Rose Rage, Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Nancy Missimi, Show Boat, Marriott Theatre

LIGHTING DESIGN
Christopher Akerlind, Electricidad, The Goodman Theatre
Christopher Akerlind, The Light in the Piazza, The Goodman Theatre and The Intiman Theatre
Ken Billington, A Little Night Music, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Ben Ormerod, Rose Rage, Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
T.J. Gerckens, The Secret in the Wings, Lookingglass Theatre Company
Jaymi Lee Smith, Yellowman, Next Theatre Company
Diane Ferry Williams, West Side Story, Marriott Theatre

SOUND DESIGN
Ray Nardelli and Joshua Horvath, Electricidad, The Goodman Theatre
André Pluess and Ben Sussman, The Secret in the Wings, Lookingglass Theatre Company
Robert Steel, Drink Me or, The Strange Case of Alice Times Three, Seanachai Theatre Company
David Van Tieghem, King John, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
André Pluess and Ben Sussman, Cyrano, Court Theatre and Redmoon Theater
Joshua Horvath and Ray Nardelli, Fräulein Else, Court Theatre

CHOREOGRAPHY
Rudy Hogenmiller, A Chorus Line, Theatre at the Center
Tammy Mader, Singin' in the Rain, Theatre at the Center
Marc Robin, Annie Get Your Gun, Marriott Theatre
Marc Robin, West Side Story, Marriott Theatre
Patti Wilcox, The Pajama Game, Marriott Theatre

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Henry Marsh, The Taming of the Shrew, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Henry Marsh, A Midsummer Night's Dream, First Folio Shakespeare Festival
André Pluess and Ben Sussman, The Secret in the Wings, Lookingglass Theatre Company
Patricia Kane, Amy Warren and André Pluess, Pulp, About Face Theatre
André Pluess and Ben Sussman, Winesburg, Ohio, About Face Theatre

MUSICAL DIRECTION
Margaret James, Fiddler on the Roof, Drury Lane Oakbrook
Alan Johnson, The Sound of a Voice, Court Theatre and the American Repertory Theatre
Thomas Murray, A Little Night Music, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Rick Sims, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, Lookingglass Theatre Company
Robert Reddrick, The House That Rocked, Black Ensemble Theater
Jimmy Tilman, Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This, Black Ensemble Theater

"OTHER" CATEGORY
David Pleasant, Crowns, The Goodman Theatre, Special Achievement in Percussion
Scott Pondrom, Cyrano, Court Theatre and Redmoon Theater, Special Achievement in Property Effects
John Boesche, Great Men of Science, Nos. 21 & 22, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Special Achievement in Projections

RECAP OF THEATRES WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS:
Theatre and Number of Nominations
Chicago Shakespeare Theater 25
Marriott Theatre 14
The Goodman Theatre 12
Victory Gardens Theater 11
About Face Theatre 10
Lookingglass Theatre 7
Steppenwolf Theatre 5
Apple Tree Theatre 5
Northlight Theatre 5
Next Theatre 5
Theatre at the Center 4
Court Theatre (and with Redmoon) 7





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